M&Ms Goes Dark, Cat Powers Chanel, Gen Y Spends

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- To promote it's Dark Chocolate M&M's, the company has launched a site one which 50 movie titles are hidden in a large image and represented by visual riddles.

- Karl Lagerfeld has signed singer/songwriter Cat Power (Chan Marshall) to front his line of Chanel jewelry.

- Night Agency has created an 80's style "adverband" RockdotRocks which will perform original songs with lyrics that praise its client, security software company Symantec.

- Gen Y (born 1980 to 2000) are spending more than any same aged generation before them.

- Deep Focus just snagged the PROMO Magazine PRO AWARD for Best Use of Interactive Media for The Sopranos: Crime. Organized. promotion (the Google Maps mashup).

by Steve Hall    Oct-12-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Online



Talent Zoo Unleashes Ad Industry's Pent Up Skank

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If you want to check out who's having office sex at the agency next door or who's grabbing ass to win new busines, check out TalentZoo's new section called the break room, a place where all the industry's nastiness can be shared by all. We particularly like the story from Becca who said, after a certain office activity, "My pumps made black marks on the wall."

Nice touch with the martini glass. Hmm, where have we seen that before?

by Steve Hall    Oct-11-06    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Racy



Edoc Laundry Scores Product Placement Coup on 'CSI:NY'

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Seattle startup Edoc Laundry, maker of coded t-shirts that give clues to episodic stories, will be the major storyline in tonight's episode of CSI:NY. The "placement" was not paid for. The producers found the Edoc Laundry concept so intriguing and appropriate for CSI, they just organically worked it in to the episode.

Launched in March, Edock Laundry uses coded messages hidden in its line of shirts to tell a covert story which is told on the Internet on the website and through forum postings. The premise for the CSI: NY show, titled "Hung Out to Dry," concerns a serial killer who uses trendy t-shirts to hide clues to his identity and motives for his killings. Edoc apparel is named and featured throughout the show, and designed four specially coded shirts that the episode's victims wear. Check out a clip of the show here which concisely explains how the whole Edoc Laundry thing works.

by Steve Hall    Oct-11-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Product Placement



GooTube Delivers Eyeballs, BBH NY Gets Makeover

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- Media buyers don't give a crap about the social media implication of the Google YouTube acquisition. It's just more eyeballs and one less insertion order.

- Toy designer enthusiast, painter, and Thunderdog-founder Tristan Eaton has decorated ad agency BBH's new headquarters in Tribecca.

- The American Association of Advertising Agencies has hired Golin Harris to provide PR support for the advertising industry. Good luck.

- Ironic Sans has a very creative twist on the political advertising requirement, "I'm Joe Politician and I approved this ad."

- Here's your opportunity to drag out that great ad you did that the AE or client killed and win an award for it. Because, after all, we now killed ads are much better than ads that actually get approved. On November 9 from 6P to 9P, the One Club Gallery will host "2006 Night f the Living Dead," an appreciation of the best killed ads.

- Stewart Rogers wonders whether Yoda was the copywriter on this nav-side ad.

by Steve Hall    Oct-11-06    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Video



These Boobs Were Made For iPod Support

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Warning! Warning! Attention, accuracy police. Attention those who expect only boring, serious news here on Adrants and nothing to actually lighten up the day. This is not, repeat, not a real ad for the Apple iPod Shuffle. Neither is this. These are the fake machinations of some Flickr person having fun with their cleavage and panties for the amusement of others, you included. So just look. Enjoy. And don't over analyze.

by Steve Hall    Oct-11-06    
Topic: Online, Racy, Spoofs



XM Launches Campaign, Stern Launches Campaign, Bosch Bushed

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- XM is launching a Lowe New York-created Q4 Holiday ad campaign which will include television, cable, print, DM and interactive.

- In Demand Networks is launching a $1 million campaign to promote its 24/7 Howard Stern subscription TV channel.

- And just or fun, Brooke Hogan. They really can make anyone look good on a magazine cover.

- A Bosch bush moons an old guy next door for, well, we have no idea. Probably some sort of turbocharged hedge trimmer.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Direct, Magazine, Online, Television



Marriott Spring Hill Suites Wants Bad Dancers

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Marriott Spring Hill Suites has chosen to highlight the Seinfeldian Elaine-like dancing abilities out there with More Room to Move, a dance-o-matic game thingy that somehow aligns bad footwork with the need for bigger hotel rooms. Cheese at its finest.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-06    
Topic: Games, Online, Strange



Berthold Has Grotesk Akzident in HP Video

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With a riff on typefaces, HP's Imaging and Printing Group have released their first virally-intended video, called Berthold's Grotesk Zkzident, which features two graphic designers working together, one of whom freaks out when the printer breaks and ends up trashing the office unintentionally. Oh, and bike messenger that shows up at the end? No idea. Weird. But in a strangely good way. Created by Publicis Dialog.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-06    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video, Viral



Pepsi Zero A Nonenitity, Wind Does Blow, Sky Bursts

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- It seems Pepsi can't quite come to terms with the fact Zero is a nonentity and, in fact, would like us to refer to its product as a nonenitity.

- Yea, yea, yea. Pamela Anderson is in a Virgin Mobile commercial with veiled references to what...penis size? Yawn.

- Nissan's 7 Days in A Sentra bombs according to some.

- Western Wind Energy, which we earlier mentioned was hosting a viral video contest, is nearing completion. As expected, all the submisions suck as much as the original video did. But, hey, at least people are participating, right?

- While we're sure this new Candystand game called Life Savers Splosions Skyburts is a whole lot of fun, the need to install a plugin and confusing directions out us off. Then again, we never play online games so don't listen to us. Check it out for yourselves.

- Liquor advertisers don't like under aged girls as much as FHM readers do.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-06    
Topic: Consumer Created, Games, Online, Outdoor



All Your Video Are Belong to Google

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In confirming its $1.65 billion stock purchase of YouTube, Google promise the site will run independently for the foreseeable future but Google will ad its AdWords adverting program to the site. Google lawyers were mum on the prospect of getting the crap sued out of them for all those un-copyrighted videos infesting YouTube. It's unclear at this point whether or not Google Video and YouTube will become one in the future.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-06    
Topic: Online, Video










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